April 29, 2012
TRINITY, Texas - Baylor senior Joakim Mikkelsen shot 4-under during Sunday’s fourth and final round to win the 2012 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship individual title at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
Mikkelsen is the first Baylor men’s golfer in 11 years to win the Big 12 Championship; Worth Williams and Baylor swept the 2001 Big 12 titles. He is also the first Baylor golfer to earn All-Big 12 Tournament Team honors since Bill Allcorn in 2009.
Mikkelsen finished the three-day tournament at 3-under (74-71-72-68=285), becoming the first Baylor golfer to finish the Big 12 Championship under-par since Bill Allcorn in 2009 (1-under 279).
“He was solid and steady all day long,” head coach Greg Priest said. “He really got going with three straight birdies and really only made one mistake on the front.
“All week, he managed to avoid big numbers,” Priest said. “He made some bogeys on the course, but he was able to minimize the damage and didn’t let a big number get to him.”
While Mikkelsen climbed up the leaderboard Sunday afternoon, the 32nd-ranked Baylor men’s golf team finished the Big 12 Championship in fifth place. The Bears posted a four-day score of 35-over (304-297-290-296=1187) to finish fifth for third time in the last five years.
No. 15 Texas A&M (296-286-286-297=1165) claimed its first and final Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship, besting No. 1 Texas (302-292-283-291=1168) by three strokes. No. 46 Texas Tech (290-298-290-305=1183) finished third and No. 28 Oklahoma (292-292-296-305=1185) came in fourth.
Mikkelsen entered the final round tied for sixth overall and seven strokes behind Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer. Starting on the back nine, Mikkelsen was even through four holes before reeling off three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16 to go to 3-under. As he made the turn, he and Texas’ Dylan Frittelli were battling for separation atop the leaderboard.
“Entering the final round, I thought seven strokes would be a lot of catch,” Mikkelsen said,” but my mindset was to take my score as low as possible and climb up the leaderboard.”
The Drammen, Norway, native birdied No. 1 before a bogey on the par-4 No. 4 dropped him back to 3-under. After three straight pars, he birdied the par-3 No. 8 and pared the par-4 No. 9 to clinch Baylor’s first Big 12 men’s golf individual championship in 11 years.
“I had no idea where I was on the leaderboard until the final hole,” Mikkelsen said. “I didn’t want to know on purpose. After walking off the green at No. 9, that’s when I was told I had won.”
Mikkelsen finished two strokes ahead of Texas A&M’s Tyler Dunlap (73-71-69-74=287)
Freshmen Kyle Jones and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen finished 17th and tied for 18th, respectively, in their Big 12 Championship debuts. Both concluded the tournament with a 2-over 146 on the final 36 holes.
Junior Ryan O’Rear tied for 31st overall at 18-over 306, while senior Lorenzo Scotto finished 47th at 32-over 320.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf selection announcement will be made in May. The 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will begin May 17-19 at six regional host sites – Greensboro, N.C.; Athens, Ga.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bowling Green, Ky.; Norman, Okla.; and Stanford, Calif. Baylor has made 14 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to its fifth NCAA Championship in 2010.
| BIG 12 MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
|1.||(15) Texas A&M||296-286-286-297=1165||+13|
|3.||(46) Texas Tech||290-298-290-305=1183||+31|
|6.||(30) Oklahoma State||310-302-287-287=1196||+44|
|1.||(37) Joakim Mikkelsen||74-71-72-68=285||-3|